The Cooma United Stallions Rugby League Football Club has been named 'Regional Good Sports Club of the Year'. The award celebrates the club for promoting the values of the Australian Drug Foundation's Good Sports program.
The Good Sports program works with clubs to help them provide safe and healthy environments through the responsible management of alcohol. More than 6,000 clubs are involved with the program around Australia.
Good Sports NSW State Manager, Russel Grimson, said the Good Sports Awards recognise the sports clubs around Australia who are providing safe and healthy places for families to enjoy sport.
"As the Good Sports Regional Club of the Year, the Cooma United Stallions are showing the wider community that the club places the utmost importance on the health and wellbeing of their players, members and spectators," Mr Grimson said.
Former vice President of the Cooma United Stallions and Group 16 president Dean Lynch said that the club was thrilled to be recognised for the impact they've made since joining Good Sports.
"The Cooma Stallions are proud to be associated with the Good Sports program and actively endorse its values," he said.
The club realised that their drinking culture had to change after the loss of one of their club men in 2005. They sought out Good Sports after seeing other local clubs go through the program and saw it as another avenue to help them through their culture change.
After joining the program the club reviewed all their activities to make sure that they were as responsible and family-friendly as possible. They have encouraged responsible drinking practices, trained members in Responsible Service of Alcohol and promoted the program to other clubs in the region. Most significantly, the change in drinking culture was concurrent with the introduction of a female side - "The Fillies".
As a result of these changes, the club revenues through memberships and sponsors are at an all-time high and on field performance has improved.
The club is one of three Good Sports Award winners in NSW.